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    Wednesday, 21 September 2022

    Darwin Nunez will find his best form amid criticism

    Darwin Nunez can still challenge Erling Haaland for the golden boot despite a huge gap between the two strikers

    Darwin Nunez

    It's a far cry from the days when top strikers at top clubs could make reaching 30 goals a realistic goal, but this season is expected to bring back those days.

    Haaland averaged almost one goal per game in Dortmund's Bundesliga (22 goals in 24 appearances last season, 62 goals in 67 games in total), he's replicated the same so far in the Premier League, so the main obstacle to winning the Golden Boot, could come from his own injury problem.

    Nunes' 26 goals in 28 league games for Benfica last season was equally astounding, although he will need a strong start to wipe out rumours of a "single season miracle".

    Nunez has struggled since the beginning of the new season and a lot has been said about the player's big money move to Anfield.

    Nunez doesn't seems happy though with his poor start to life on Merseyside and Klopp has the option to tweak things around the former Benfica man.

    Anyone expecting Nunes to replace Roberto Firmino as the leading false nine will be very disappointed, given the lack of the Brazilian's trait which includes his vision, passing and flexible footwork in tight spaces.

    While it's fun to imagine him leading in 4231 formation - a €100m move doesn't seems like  a compelling argument for a tweak in formation.

    A natural tendency to drift towards the flanks suggests he can also be at comfort attacking from the wing in Liverpool's current arrangement of 433. Especially on the left, the Reds currently have Luis Dias, Diogo Jota and Fabio Carvalho competing for playing time in the position.

    Bottom line: We have a few questions, mostly about how he fits into the team's current top XI and whether his passing ability can be improved beyond current limits, but there's good reason Darwin Nunes has been the hottest favorite in Europe one of the prospects. Over the past 12 months, he's done pretty much everything at an elite level. 

    Aside from that he will certainly be the deciding factor in the title race, which will again be decided very closely, but the Uruguayan will take time to steadily adapt. 

    Understandably, Nunez looked like he didn't understand Jurgen Klopp's system.

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